ICYMI: Gov. Edwards, LA DOTD announces new infrastructure projects for the state

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD)- Louisiana Governor John Bel Edwards announced the state’s plan for the $216 million handed down from the federal government for road and infrastructure projects Monday.

Congress allocated $155 million in December to be used at the state’s discretion. That includes $30 million for bridges, $20 million for the state’s larger metro areas, and $11 million to set up a charging network for electric vehicles. That money won’t just go to Louisiana’s big cities. $2.9 million will be used to preserve roads in East Feliciana Parish, $1.5 million in Pointe Coupee Parish, and more than $3 million in Livingston Parish. Officials with the Department of Transportation and Development say these dollars are like an infrastructure stimulus, making up for lost revenue due to the pandemic.

These projects were hand-picked by DOTD. They were selected because of the needs already identified through analysis, legislative, and public input. Governor Edwards hopes this extra funding will help Louisiana thrive.

“We’re going to continue in Louisiana to make transportation a priority, and ensure our motorists have the infrastructure they need to access goods and services and their traveling needs and to do that safely,” Edwards said.

Projects receiving funds are:

Preservation

  • LA 308: from Theriot Canal to St. Charles Bridge, Lafourche Parish, milling and overlay, $1.9 million
  • LA 648: from LA 20 to LA 1, Lafourche & Terrebonne parishes, milling and overlay, $1.7 million
  • LA 18: from Barataria Blvd. to Louisiana St., Jefferson Parish, milling and overlay, $2 million
  • LA 406: left turn lane at Green Trails, Plaquemines Parish, $450,000
  • LA 31: from St. Martinville to LA 92-1, St. Martin Parish, patching and overlay, $2 million
  • LA 173: from LA 1 to U.S. 71, Caddo Parish, asphalt overlay, $900,000
  • LA 2: from West Carroll Parish line to U.S. 65, East Carroll Parish, overlay, $2.1 million
  • LA 15: from U.S. 425 to Ouachita Parish line, Richland Parish, asphalt overlay, $3.3 million
  • LA 108: from I-10 to LA 1256, Calcasieu Parish, patching, cold planing, and overlay, $4.1 million
  • LA 99 and LA 102: from LA 3086 to LA 26, Jefferson Davis Parish, milling and overlay, $1.7 million
  • U.S. 71: turn lanes for emergency staging area, Rapides Parish, $1 million
  • LA 119: embankment slide repairs, Natchitoches Parish, $5 million
  • LA 914, LA 915, and LA 916: Catahoula Parish, patching and overlay, $2.1 million
  • LA 68: from U.S. 61 to LA 964, East Feliciana Parish, stabilize and overlay, $2.9 million
  • LA 78: from U.S. 190 to LA 1, Pointe Coupee Parish, patching, thinning, and overlay, $1.5 million
  • LA 441: from LA 42 to I-12, Livingston Parish, milling and overlay, $900,000
  • LA 16: from Livingston Parish line to LA 63, St. Helena Parish, milling and overlay, $3 million

Major Investment

  • I-49: work TBD, Lafayette Parish, $50 million
  • I-20: widening from U.S. 165 to approximately 2 miles eastward, Ouachita Parish $20 million
  • I-20: from Monkhouse Dr. East to Greenwood Rd. at I-20/I-49, Caddo Parish, $15 million
  • U.S. 190 utility relocation: St. Landry Parish, $8 million

Direct Category Expenditure

  • Bridge replacement and rehabilitation, Calcasieu Parish, $29.4 million
  • Electric vehicle charging infrastructure, statewide, $11.3 million
  • Allocations for greater than 200,000 population, metropolitan planning organizations, $19.9 million

District Priorities

  • $26 million to the district offices for regional congestion relief and equipment replacement

Surplus

  • The Administration is requesting TTF match Highway Priority Program, statewide, $35 million 

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